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Based on the true-life book of lawman Burton Turkus, this movie chronicles the rise and fall of the organized crime syndicate known as Murder, Incorporated. Focusing on powerful boss Lepke and violent hitman Reles.Written by
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Several times throughout the movie, the filmmakers apparently forgot that the setting of the drama was the 1930's (and early 1940's). From haircuts and clothing styles to the 1950's era hoodlums that Simon Oakland's character tangles with Rose's place, there are countless mistakes which reveal when the film was shot (vs. when the drama was supposed to take place). Women's hairstyles and fashions are continuously and conspicuously 1960 throughout. Primary cars stay more or less within the era, with a few notable exceptions, but here are frequently more modern, post-WWII era cars in the background. See more »
10 years before Peter Falk racked up a trunk-load of Emmy's and many more nominations for his his work as Columbo, he had two roles that would stand out in the film world. One was Pocketful of Miracles in 1961, and the other was this film the year before.
His performance as the contract killer Abe 'Kid Twist' Reles is the best thing about the true-life mob story. While most of the other characters just seem to float through the movie, he was intense ans you could see the promise that would lie ahead for him.
Stuart Whitman, who would get his only Oscar nomination a year later, was also good as Joey, who got caught up in the rackets. May Britt, who would leave the movies to marry Sammy Davis, Jr., was also very good as Joey's wife.
The movie seems more like a documentary when it is not focused on these three characters. As an added bonus, you get to see the legendary Sarah Vaughan in the movie.
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